West Yellowstone, MT- May 2, 2023 – The Hegben Lake Ranger District will delay opening some roads as scheduled on May 1st due to heavy spring snow accumulation. The opening of the roads scheduled for May 1st likely won’t open before May 15th due to the snow accumulation.
The roads include Whits Lake Road, Red Canyon Road, East Cougar Creek Road, Cougar Creek Road, Pine Needle Road, Madison Arm Road, Little Snowy Road, Denny Creek Road, and South Plateau Road.
Reservable campgrounds will be available for reservations between May 26th and September 24th. Baker’s Hole Campground is fully open with all sites currently first come first served.
Campground sites that open before May 26th, dependent on snow melt, are first come first serve campsites which include Rainbow Point Campground, Lonesomehurst Campground, Cherry Creek Campground, Spring Creek Campground, Cabin Creek Campground, and Beaver Creek Campground.
Local snotel levels are currently 114 to 159% of average. With more snow and rain forecast for this weekend, the snow that is still on the roads will delay seasonal road openings until the roads are snow free and firm enough to travel over. “We have had an elongated winter and spring which is going to delay motorized public access into many areas of the Hegben Ranger District. We ask the public to help us by honoring these closures and staying off roads and trails when they are too wet to travel on. Please check back regularly for updated road conditions before making plans to travel onto the Forest.” said District Ranger, Jason Brey.
For additional information please contact the Hegben Lake Ranger District at 406-823-6961, visit us Facebook Custer Gallatin National Forest, or online at www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin.